15 thoughts on “Mr. Lorry

  1. One of my favorite characters in A Tale of Two Cities is Mr. Lorry for numerous reasons. He seems to act as a grandfather throughout the novel. Mr.Lorry is constantly looking out for Lucie, and makes her a promise in Book II to watch over Dr.Manette while she is on her honeymoon. I also love Mr.Lorry’s curiosity. Through his discussion and questions with Dr.Manette, the reader learns more about his imprisonment and the reasons why he makes shoes during his “episodes”. Overall, Mr.Lorry seems to be an extremely caring and loyal character, which is rare in this novel.

    • I agree with Susan that Mr. Lorry is one of the most liked characters in the novel. He does show a lot of compassion for the Manette family as well as others around them. For Lucie he is always there to listen to what she has to say and try to do anything he can to protect her. Lorry try’s to keep Dr.Manette stable so that Lucie feels like he can count on someone to take care of her father. Another great quality of Mr.Lorry is that he is extremely caring and loyal just as Susan said he was. I feel that Lorry does not have a mean bone in his body and would reason with anyone to make them happy. Lorry is overall a likable character and there are very few if any flaws that anyone could say about Mr.Lorry

  2. Jarvis Lorry has a changing personality in A Tale of Two Cities because of his persistence in saying he is a “man of business” and always straight to the point in the beginning of the story, however, this is not the case in several situations throughout Book the Second. Mr. Lorry may work for Tellson’s Bank and be a businessman during his time working there, but he could possibly be the kindest and most caring character in the novel. For example, on Lucie’s wedding day, Mr. Lorry tells Lucie, ” You leave your good father, my dear, in hands as earnest and as loving as your own; he shall be taken every conceivable care of; during the next fortnight, while you are in Warwickshire and there-abouts, even Tellson’s shall go to the wall (comparatively speaking) before him” (191). Mr. Lorry seems almost like a big teddy bear in describing how he will take care of Dr. Manette, rather than a man of business in Book the First. Mr. Lorry has been gradually changing throughout the story, from his “man of business” type personality to a softer, less serious man in the second half of the story.

  3. Mr.Lorry is one of my favorite characters in this novel. He is incredibly caring, honest, and loyal, characteristics that are rare throughout A Tale of Two Cities. Mr.Lorry seems to be the grandfather of the novel, especially to Lucie Manette. He promises to look after Dr.Manette while she is away on her honeymoon, and helps her escape the wedding proposal from the self-centered and arrogant Mr.Stryver. Mr.Lorry provides a sense of light in a book that lingers with shadows and darkness.

  4. Mr. Jarvis Lorry is one of the most realistic characters in my opinion. I like how much detail Dickens goes into when continuously changing Mr. Lorry. For instance when we fist see Mr.Lorry talking to Lucie about her father, he commonly refers to himself as a ‘man of business’ which one would asume would mean he is very direct and to the point. However he takes a long time to say what he means and tends to confuse the person who is subject to his rambling. This incorrect self characterization by Mr.Lorry foreshadows another that we learn about later.When talking about his relationship with Dr. ManetteMr. Lorry claims that, “These are mere business relations, mess; there is no friendship in them, no particular intrest, nothing like sentiment.” This self proclamation of having a strict business relationship with all clients is again proven wrong when he later states that he has an intimate relationship with the Manettes and visits their home frequently. Mr. Lorry is a very compassionate and caring person, even if he does not like to share that fact.

    • I agree with what you said about Mr. Lorry and how he is a very compassionate and caring person, even though he does not like to share it. I think he is always saying he is a “man of business” just to cover up the fact that he actually does care deeply about the subject or the people he is with. We have definitely seen a change Mr. Lorry’s relationship with the Manettes from the beginning of the book to now, because he is closer to them and visits often.

  5. Mr. Jarvis Lorry has one of the most friendly and caring personalities. He could be considered the “grandfather” of the characters in this story. Lorry suggests that he is only a man of business and is always serious, but he is actually just a man that is willing to help his friends and his acquaintances. Lorry has counseled the doctor in his times of distress, has emotional conversations with Lucie, and discussed Stryver’s plans to marry Lucie. These events and the label of “grandfather” led me to believe that Lorry is an affable character of this novel that will continue to assist with any problems or beneficial moments that will occur in the future.

  6. Lorry is one of my favorite characters in this novel. He’s a humble, caring, humorous “man of business” (in case you guys hadn’t picked up on that already), he just generally seems like a good guy. I like his grandfather-esque attachment to Lucie, and his best friendship with the Doctor. The lightheartedness of Lorry that is developed by Dickens just amazes me, and he seems like the kind of person I would want to be my grandpa. He’s got that air about him. I also loved the part where he was explaining Doc’s regression and pulls the “I am a man of business with a friend who needs help” …but the friend is actually you. He is such a sweet character.

    • I absolutely agree with your characterization of Mr. Lorry. He does have a Grandfathery feel to his personality and actions. He is definetly a sweet person and a true friend. I just love how has the reader we get to see the bonds being built between the Manettes and Mr.Lorry. When he first had to tell Lucie her father was still alive he tried to be emotionless and a complete “man of business” to hide his feelings. Mr. Lorry has a sweet and caring side outside of the “man of business” pseudo.

  7. I find Mr. Lorry to be a very interesting character. Many times he refers to himself as a “man of business” and mentions how he has no emotion and does not really attach to people who he works with. However, with the Manette’s we see that change. He has become personally attached and is there for him. To me, this devotion to the Doctor, Lucie and now Charles too, is highly respectable. I admire what he now does for other people and how he now goes out of his way. I see him as a very devoted and loyal person who, although he says he’s a man of business and is emotionless, he really has a huge heart.

    • Justin, I agree with your feelings that Mr. Lorry is devoted and has a big heart. Though, I do not think that he changed into being that way and I believe he was always that way. From the moment we meet Lorry we can see that he is not in fact emotionless and is not a man of business as he says. I do see some change in him but that change is that he seems to grow more tender as the book goes on.

  8. In this novel, Mr.Jarvis Lorry is essential to the build up of the entire book itself. From the beginning of the book to the point which we are at now, Mr.Lorry has yet to go away. He has been involved some way or another and I see this as important because we have had characters pop into the story and then out of nowhere, just vanish. I plan on seeing Mr.Lorry stay in this book till the very end. Also, I predict that Mr.Lorry will make a substantial break through during the hard times of the revolution that will add up to an important event.

    • Cody, I like the perspective you took about Lorry being one of the first characters introduced. Delving deeper into this subject, I believe Mr. Lorry and Lucie parallel each other. While Lucie’s weaving binds the character together, Mr. Lorry binds the plot together, as seen when he is on the Dover Mail in the very beginning of the book, and recently, when he is in France on business in the midst of the revolution. A stable and static character, Mr. Lorry seems like a person that doesn’t contain much excitement, but almost every time he appears, it is essential to the story. Seeing as how Dickens is wrapping the plot up in the third book, it would only be fitting to see Lorry on one of the last pages of the novel.

  9. Mr.Lorry has been a key character to this novel. From the beginning of this novel, Mr.Lorry has always been present and has always been involved in some way. I believe that from the point we are at now, till the end of the novel, not only will Mr.Lorry be involved, but also have substancial brake through during the hard times of the revolution that will be of importance. Overall, Mr.Lorry has always been an important and key character to this novel. He has always been helpful to everyone and is a caring person at heart.

  10. Cody, I like the perspective you took about Lorry being one of the first characters introduced. Delving deeper into this subject, I believe Mr. Lorry and Lucie parallel each other. While Lucie’s weaving binds the character together, Mr. Lorry binds the plot together, as seen when he is on the Dover Mail in the very beginning of the book, and recently, when he is in France on business in the midst of the revolution. A stable and static character, Mr. Lorry seems like a person that doesn’t contain much excitement, but almost every time he appears, it is essential to the story. Seeing as how Dickens is wrapping the plot up in the third book, it would only be fitting to see Lorry on one of the last pages of the novel.

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